United Cerebral Palsy of Orange County 18th Annual Life Without Limits Autumn Golf Classic is a GREAT Fun-draising Success!
Golfers supporting UCP-OC enjoyed a beautiful day of golf and fun on October 22, 2012 at the Life Without Limits Golf Tournament raising over $130,000. Three-time tournament champions Team Voit Real Estate Services/Pekarcik & Vittone included Daniel Vittone, Mike Skochinski, Chris Zamora and Jeff Griffith. Golfing in traditional Scottish kilts, the team shot a 56!
Founding sponsor DLD Insurance Brokers Inc./ CEO Dana Dowers co-founded this tournament nearly 20 years ago with Chris Dubia. Scott Pievac, CEO of SPC Retail Display Group, later combined his golf fundraiser The Brianna Cup that honors his daugher.
UCP-OC’s Brianna Pievac and Reo Kobayashi made a special appeal at the Awards Banquet. Brianna spoke with Reo and guests through her iPad sharing their message of living a Life Without Limits.
Dana Dowers: Philanthropist, Golfer and Community Leader
Dana Dowers, CEO of DLD Insurance Brokers Inc., has been actively involved with United Cerebral Palsy of Orange County (UCP-OC) for more than 20 years. He was originally introduced to UCP-OC by his good friend Chris Dubia. Together, they initiated the idea of starting a Golf Tournament which would bring in monetary support for UCP-OC. Today, the Golf Tournament is one of UCP-OC’s major fundraising events and has raised nearly $2 million since its inception. It was three years ago that Dana joined forces with Scott Pievac who combined his Brianna Cup tournament with UCP-OC’s Life Without Limits golf tournament to make a greater community impact. DLD Insurance Brokers Inc. is the founding sponsor and generously continues to financially support the tournament.
Dana’s heartfelt passion for the special needs community spurred at an early age with his experiences with a classmate who had cerebral palsy. He was truly moved when he saw how far his assistance helped in making an impact in his classmate’s daily life. “Life is incredibly difficult for families of children with disabilities and I only hope that my support will impact their quality of life and serve as inspiration for other individuals and businesses to get involved,” says Dowers.
Additionally, years later Dana’s friendship with Chris Dubia’s son, Brian, allowed him to see how a life without limits is not only possible but can lead to self-sufficiency in adulthood if supported through the programs and services that UCP-OC is providing in the community.
“I am encouraged by the fiscal responsibility of UCP-OC, as well as Cathy Collins’ leadership which is a tell tale sign of where we are headed in the future. In a time where many organizations are struggling, UCP-OC is coming up with innovative programs, such as their vision program, and making a tangible difference in the lives of children with special needs.”
Dana has many memories from the past 17 years of the Golf Tournament, however his favorite memories come at the end of the day when the tournament is over. “After every tournament I leave with the overwhelming knowledge that DLD’s support helped make a difference in the life of a child with disabilities. That’s pretty priceless!” says Dowers.